Richard III
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Richard Loncraine takes Shakespeare's classic tale of treachery, Richard III, and transplants it to the 1930s. Ian McKellen is Richard who, as the film opens, begins plotting against his brother Edward, who has just ascended to the throne after a bloody civil war. Richard begins by seducing and wedding Lady Anne (Kristin Scott Thomas), whom he made a widow during the war. With the help of some loyal henchmen, Richard succeeds in murdering his older brother Clarence (Nigel Hawthorne), which so upsets Edward that he dies. Eventually, the crown falls to the young Prince of Wales (Marc… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A sure-fire crowd-pleaser among recent Shakespeare movies."
‑ Godfrey Cheshire, Variety
"It is all in the grand manner of Shakespearean tragedies."
‑ Andrew Geller, New York Times
"On its simplest and most satisfying level, Loncraine's Richard III can be enjoyed as an ingeniously sustained and spectacularly ballsy stunt."
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"This glossy adaptation is arch, nasty fun."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As played by McKellen, Richard is a consummate actor who knows what role to assume, what props to use, and what words and actions to employ to turn a "scene" to his best advantage."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"In a shamelessly entertaining display of acting brilliance, McKellen 'plays' the demon's good arm as if it were a Stradivarius, executing one showy stunt after another."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"This is Shakespeare exciting enough for even the most dubious, which, after all, is no less than the man deserves."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
""Richard III" is the kind of movie that earns the right to interpret the bard's ideas through alternate perspectives because it does so without sacrificing its core values or integrity."
‑ David Keyes,
"Rigorous adaptation of the notoriously 'difficult' play."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Ian McKellen plays Richard III, and he's a twisted, blackened, serpentine, lurching, spitting, menacing villain with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He is so hateful, it is easy to see why the Academy overlooked him."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This triumphant take on the Crookback king is as different from Olivier's '50s historical pageant as chalk is from malmsey."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"McKellen's enormous performance as Richard represents the film's biggest tinkering with theatrical canon."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"...McKellan helped his own cause by writing a screenplay which captures the essence of Shakespeare's play while also working perfectly as a movie."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Even if you hate Shakespeare, you'll love this."
‑ , Film4
"An imaginative and visceral Shakespeare adaptation with a mesmerising perfromance by McKellen."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
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